Greenport Junior-Senior High second-quarter honor roll
Greenport Junior-Senior High second-quarter honor roll
One of the cool things about Greenport schools switching to solar this past year is that any resident can now track the district’s power usage at any time. (more…)
Greenport School District Superintendent Michael Comanda unveiled Wednesday more preliminary details about his proposed referendum to fund a pre-K program for the 2014-15 school year.
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“Everybody has their own rhythm and everybody has their own style — and that’s what makes America so beautiful.”
That’s what nationally renowned storyteller and teaching artist Queen Nur told students from Greenport and Oysterponds elementary schools Friday during a performance celebrating Black History Month.
Greenport School will celebrate Black History Month on Friday with a performance by nationally renown storyteller and teaching artist Queen Nur.
Greenport school officials are looking into the feasibility of putting a proposal on the May school budget ballot to create a full-day pre-K program at the elementary school.
Superintendent Michael Comanda received positive feedback from the school board during its regular meeting Wednesday night after outlining his administration’s vision.
Although the district has previously worked with SCOPE and Head Start’s pre-K programs, Mr. Comanda described SCOPE as “cost prohibitive” to many residents and questioned the longevity of Head Start given it’s current financial woes.
“We believe that early intervention is beneficial and advantageous,” he said while pitching his pre-K idea to the board. “We would have internal control over what students are learning. It’s not to say other pre-K agencies lack that. We would have greater control for what it is students are getting and how it links to our kindergarten.”
Mr. Comanda is proposing to let the community weigh in on the idea by placing it as a separate proposition on the school budget ballot in May.
As for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to fund a universal pre-K program throughout New York’s public schools, Mr. Comanda said: “If that happens, great. That’s a bonus. If it doesn’t happen, then we put it to our community.”
Mr. Comanda also discussed changing the start dates for kindergarteners. The district currently allows students to enroll in kindergarten if they are age 5 by Dec. 1. Under his pre-K plan, students would be allowed to enter into kindergarten if they are age 5 by Sept. 1.
“I don’t think you could do one without the other,” he said about linking the implementation of a new pre-K program for 4-year-olds with rolling back the kindergarten start date. “I think it would be unfair to tell parents who are anticipating 4-year-olds coming to school in September, and now all of a sudden there’s no place for them [the following year].”
Mr. Comanda is expected to give a more in-depth presentation with financial details about his pre-K proposal at the next school board meeting on Feb. 12.
The Greenport school board is expected to appoint three track coaches at Wednesday night’s regular meeting, according to the agenda.
Superintendent Michael Comanda has made the following coach recommendations for the current school year:
• Maria Troise, boys varsity track
• Michael Gunther, girls varsity track
• Pamela Foote, junior high school boys and girls track
Over the summer, local parents started a fundraising campaign to get the school’s track ready for competitions by soliciting volunteers and donations.
For the past two years, Greenport track players have practiced in Mattituck, although the districts maintained separate track teams. Greenport school officials have said that since an agreement with Mattituck ended at the end of last school year, there was no time to plan and budget for reconstructing their own school’s track.
Since then the Southold School District, which didn’t have a track team, agreed to join Greenport in its efforts and the neighboring districts created a combined track team for this school year. Although the cinder track won’t be ready for home meets, players will be able to practice there and compete in away meets during the spring season, which starts in March.
In addition to donations, state Senator Ken LaValle secured additional aide for the districts’ joint-project last fall.
The school board is also expected to accept a $2,500 donation from Suffolk County National Bank for the track program.
Athletic director Jim Caliendo said construction remains on schedule and he’s excited for the season to begin. He also said he’s proud of the grassroots effort, which was done by residents, local business owners and the district’s maintenance workers.
“We’re good to go,” Mr. Caliendo said. “I’m very happy. The community has been outstanding.”
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Less than a month after the release of a state comptroller’s audit that found several issues in the handling of finances within the New Suffolk Common School District’s budget preparation, as well as the resignation of a longtime treasurer — the district has hired a new part-time employee to take on managing the school’s finances.
And she has a familiar face.
Current Greenport school board member Babette Cornine was appointed to fill the district’s newly created business manager position at New Suffolk’s regularly scheduled board meeting Tuesday night. She’ll be taking on the responsibilities of the district treasurer, and them some, officials said.
Ms. Cornine said she held the business manager position for the Greenport School District from 1991 to 2006, handling many of the district’s financial obligations including payroll and reporting finances to the state.
She said she has also held a position as a customer service representative at Bridgehampton National Bank.
“I think there are some things you never forget,” Ms. Cornine said of the skills she had learned at Greenport schools. “Every school district is the same, and even though this is a smaller district they still have to do all the same things as a larger district does as far as reporting to the state.”
Superintendent Michael Comanda, who also serves as superintendent of Greenport School District — at least until after he steps down at the end of this school year — said although Ms. Cornine oversees his position in the Greenport school district, he does not feel there are any conflicts of interest at play, as each district has its “own unique setup.”
“I think it’s actually advantageous because we have an established work relationship,” he said. “I see no reason why this can’t be successful.”
On the findings of the comptroller’s audit, Tony Dill, who prepares the school’s annual budget in his role as school board president, said “there are ways in which we label certain items that are not consistent with the rules and regulations.”
“When you really understand what’s going on here, it’s very technical stuff. They are not saying, ‘No you had no business spending that money,’ they are saying, ‘No, you shouldn’t have called it this,’ Mr. Dill said.
In Ms. Cornine’s newly created business manager role, district officials said they hope to gain a better understanding of such rules and regulations.
Ms. Cornine started the position Jan. 1, already instituting some changes to the way finances are formatted in monthly reports, listing out expenses rather than lumping them together, for example — following recommendations from the comptroller’s office.
And although she said she feels knowledgeable in the preparation of finances for the state after her time at Greenport, she added “you can never say you know everything, because everything changes so quickly.”
To ensure the district’s monetary reports are in line with technical reporting aspects deemed legal by the state, Ms. Cornine said she will be attending a state-run finance training course, as well as meetings at BOCES to learn from other school business officials.
“We were trying to find someone who had a significant amount of experience in accounting,” Mr. Dill said. “She knows all the fundamentals, and came with suggestions for modifying things in ways that can be done.”
Mr. Dill said there was interest in the business manager position from several candidates.
“I think it is a good find for us,” Mr. Dill said. “She is encouraging.”
Ms. Cornine’s current term will run until June 30, and she will be receiving $6,500 for her time, according to the meeting agenda.
Mr. Dill said the salary is higher than that paid to the district’s outgoing treasurer, Diana Foster; but that Ms. Cornine will take on additional responsibilities including the state education’s department’s annual financial report, which the school had hired an outside accounting firm to prepare (using the treasurer’s financial records) in the past, “costing the better part of $1,000 alone,” Mr. Dill said.
DECA students from all three North Fork high schools received top honors at a Suffolk County Regional Competition in Selden on Jan. 8, where they put their business skills to the test.
High school students from across the county competed in either role playing or exams and attended leadership conferences and award ceremonies hosted by the Distributive Education Club of America, known as DECA. The national organization promotes business and marketing skills among high school students.
North Fork DECA advisors said most competitions were evaluated by two judges due to time constraints because more students participated than in previous years. Under this arrangement, each judge picked five winners and then created a Top 10 list.
If a single judge evaluated a competition, then students earned first, second or third place awards.
MATTITUCK HIGH SCHOOL
Mattituck High School DECA advisor Lu Anne Nappe said her students that took home first-place trophies include: Kevin Schwartz (Quick Serve Restaurant Management); Emily Ciamaricone (Public Service Broadcast Advertising, TV ad); and Joseph Nadel (Wholesale Selling). Second-place winners include: Antonina Lentini (Principles of Marketing); Clay Davis and Meghan Daly (Business Law & Ethics Team Event); and Charley Claudio (Decision Making, human resources). Maisy Claudio won third place in Public Speaking, extemporaneous.
Twenty-one of Ms. Nappe’s students also placed in the Top 10, including: Lika Osepashvili (Business Management & Administration); Erik Olsen and Ian Nish (Principles of Finance); Sean Gambaiani and Raven Janoski (Principles of Hospitality & Tourism); Jed Donikyan and Daniel Parks (Principles of Marketing); Steven Baird and Zev Carter (Business Law & Ethics); Marisa Sannino and Nick Vitolano (Hospitality Services); Charles Hickox and Christopher Mehalakes (Marketing Communications); Kyle Freudenberg (Accounting Applications); Jacob Branker (Business Finance); Dawn Rochon (Food Marketing); Thomas Behr (Hotel & Lodging Management); Sarah Sheppard (Human Resources Management); Christine Bieber (Marketing Management); Michael O’Rouke (Quick Serve Restaurant Management); Collette Kodym (Restaurant & Food Services Management); Kevin Diffley and Christian Montgomery (Decision Making, marketing); Colleen Kelly (Public Speaking, extemporaneous); Terrence McKinney (Public Speaking, prepared); Kevin Williams (Sales Demonstration); Madison Kent (Visual Advertising, public service); Riley Savercool and Sarah Pfennig (Visual Advertising).
Mattituck High School students that received an honorable mention include: Eshi Baldano (Automobile Services Marketing); Ben Herbert (Business Services Marketing); Sarah Fogarty (Hotel & Lodging Marketing); Christopher Sledjeski and Kaylee Bergen (Hospitality Services Management, team).
Ms. Nappe said 89 students of her 94-member club participated in the county contest and 23 of them are moving on to the state competition in March.
SOUTHOLD HIGH SCHOOL
Southold High School DECA advisor Kathy Williams said 25 out of her 72 students will also participate in the state competition.
Her student Dan Stahl won third place in the Quick Serve Restaurant Management contest. The remaining winners placed in the Top 10, including: Steven Amato (Public Speaking, prepared); Robert Anderson (Decision Making, human resources); Rachel Burns (Hotel & Lodging Management); Jack Dunne (Food Marketing); Zach Ellis (Public Speaking, extemporaneous); Kenji Fujita (Job Interview); Shayne Johnson (Business Management & Administration); Rob Mahoney (Broadcast Advertising); Jamie Molinar (Principles of Hospitality & Tourism); Sean Moran (Broadcast Advertising); Logan Pfister (Visual Advertising, public service); Emily Pressler (Marketing Communications, team); Shannon Quinn (Visual Advertising); Greg Quist (Wholesale Selling); Jessica Rizzo (Decision Making, human resources); Mike Ryan (Business Finance); Gus Rymer (Broadcast Advertising, public service); Julia Saccamano (Marketing Communications, team); Drew Sacher (Decision Making, marketing); Willow Sutton (Marketing Communications, team); Walker Sutton (Food Marketing); Will Tondo (Sales Demonstration); Meg VanBourgondien (Marketing Communications, team); and Aidan Walker (Marketing Management).
GREENPORT HIGH SCHOOL
Greenport DECA advisor Martha Tuthill said 11 of her students scored in the Top 10, including: Kelly Dacimo (Principles of Business Managment & Administration); Jasmine Fell (Wholesale Selling); Schuyler Gillispie (Decision Making, marketing); Brandi Gonzalez (Sales Demonstration); Vivian Mantzopoulos (Principles of Finance); Megan Murray (Broadcast Advertising, public service); Elizabeth Powe (Public Speaking, prepared); Isabelle Simon (Radio Broadcast); Madison Tabor (Principles of Hospitality & Tourism); Brian Tuthill (Decision Making, human resources); Rosemary Volinski (Job Interview).
Honorable mentions were awarded to: Valentina Acero (Wholesale Selling); Ryan Costello (Job Interview); Dory Lieblein (Food Marketing); Aidan Pollack (Principles of Finance); and Katie Tuthill (Radio Broadcast).